Rag Radio features a special old school all-star musical jam led by '60s icons, Mother Earth founder Powell St. John, and Spencer Perskin of Shiva’s Head Band. Also performing are Christy Palumbo Foster of Christy and the Plowboys; jazz/swing vocalist Maryann Price, a veteran of Dan Hicks and His Hot Links, the Kinks, and Asleep at the Wheel; and Shiva’s vocalist Susan Perskin. Plus Austin poet Mariann Wizard reads a poem written especially for the post-holiday occasion. The performance is dedicated to the late Austin singer-songwriter John Clay.
Texas Music Hall of Fame singer-songwriter and musician Powell St. John performed with Janis Joplin in early ‘60s Austin. (Janis later made a hit of Powell's song, "Bye, Bye, Baby.") Powell founded the iconic Austin band, St. John and the Conqueroo (later just the Conqueroo), and wrote six songs for the 13th Floor Elevators’ first two albums. In the late '60s he moved to San Francisco, where he founded the country/psychedelic/blues band, Mother Earth with Tracy Nelson. He lives in Northern California.
Classically-trained guitarist and fiddler Spencer Perskin founded the psychedelic blues group, Shiva's Head Band, in 1967. Shiva's served as house band at Austin’s original '60s music hall, the Vulcan Gas Co., and was the first group to perform at the historic Armadillo World Headquarters. “Take Me to the Mountains,” produced by Perskin for Capitol Records, was the first record released nationally by an Austin band, and the band's first royalty check provided the seed money to open the Armadillo.
Host and Producer of Rag Radio: Thorne Dreyer; Engineer and Co-Producer: Tracey Schulz; Still Photographer: Roger Baker. Rag Radio (koop.org/ragradio) is produced in the studios of KOOP 91.7-FM, an all-volunteer, cooperatively-run community radio station in Austin, Texas, in association with The Rag Blog (TheRagBlog.com) and the New Journalism Project, a Texas 501(c)(3) nonprofit. The show is broadcast (and streamed) live Fridays, 2-3 p.m. (Central) on KOOP, and is rebroadcast and streamed on WFTE-FM in Mt. Cobb and Scranton, PA., Sundays at 10 a.m. (Eastern time) and on Houston Pacifica's KPFT HD-3 90.1 on Wednesdays at 1 p.m. (Central). Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org. Running time: 54:21.